Ashe junipers (aka mountain cedar) are pollinating this time of year. They produce outrageous allergens that trigger sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose and itching eyes. We have had one of the worst cedar pollen seasons ever recorded in Central Texas this year!
We can prescribe sprays as a temporary way to treat allergy symptoms. These can reduce inflammation in the nose. Sudafed reduces nasal pressure and can be used in combination with antihistamines.
Don’t want to get a prescription? Be careful with using nonprescription decongestant nasal sprays for more than a few days at a time or allergy symptoms will worsen.
While it’s impossible to avoid mountain cedar pollen, (unless you fly to the Caribbean) you can cut down on exposure by keeping windows closed and limiting your yard work or wear a mask during the work.
Most importantly, wash your hands to prevent transferring pollen to your eyes and nose.